Monday, March 31, 2008

“I’m Shocked, shocked!”

From the movie Casablanca:

Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
[a casino employee hands Renault a pile of money]
Casino Employee: Your winnings, sir.
Captain Renault: [low voice] Oh, thank you very much.
Captain Renault: Everybody out at once!

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How often do find ourselves "shocked" at the things we do or say? Being shocked is a waste of time. Look what St. John Climacus writes:

Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your around courageously. And assuredly the angel who guards you will honor your patience. While a wound is still fresh and warm it is easy to heal, but old, neglected and festering ones are hard to cure, and require for their care much treatment, cutting, plastering and cauterization. Many from long neglect become incurable. But with God all things are possible...

-The Ladder of Divine Ascent

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